HeidelbergCement and Equinor have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
The agreement, signed at an international energy conference in Oslo last week, will help progress HeidelbergCement’s current CCS project as well as examine the possibility of capturing CO2 at other HeidelbergCement sites.
The MoU will also see both companies work on optimising the carbon dioxide (CO2) transport chain and implement CCS as a Europe-wide solution for CO2 disposal.
Since 2011, HeidelbergCement’s Norwegian subsidiary Norcem has been running a project dedicated to CO2 storage in the cement industry at its Brevik cement plant.
“At our Brevik cement plant, we have shown that we are able to capture CO2 at an industrial scale,” said Dr. Bernd Scheifele.
“Our CCS project is currently the most technically matured in the cement industry. We plan to capture around 400,000 tonnes of CO2 per year at Brevik, which corresponds to around 50% of the plant’s total carbon emissions.”
“For us, CCS – alongside our measure for reducing CO2 emissions – is another important element in our vision of CO2 neutral concrete production by 2050.”
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